The date of our monthly meeting has been changed from February 6th to February 13th. The meeting will still be at 7:30 and St. Thomas a Beckett Church.
The Forest Edge Cluster Association is planning our annual election when homeowners will fill three positions on our local Board of Directors.
The dates for this process are as follows:
February 13: Seat the Nominating Committee
March 23: Candidates submit statements of intention and qualifications to the Board
April 1: Candidate statements and voting materials are mailed to homeowners
April 24: Candidates' Meet and Greet
May 8: Annual Election
We are currently seeking volunteers from both Forest Edge Drive and Greenmont Court to serve on the Nominating Committee. Your tasks include:
* recruit qualified candidates from the cluster homeowner pool
* assist in sponsoring the Candidates' Meet and Greet in April
* recruit ballot counters for the May 8 election
If you are willing to help with this important annual project, we ask that you contact us at email@example.com.
January's Board meeting, scheduled for 1/2/2018, had to be cancelled due to frozen pipes at St. Thomas a Becket which burst and flooded Findlay Hall and the meeting rooms downstairs. We were hopeful to move the meeting to 1/9/2018, but water to the church is still shut off and the meeting rooms are still in disarray due to standing water, falling ceiling tiles, and other potential issues. Since schools have also been closed yesterday and today, we haven't been able to contact them for the possibility of getting space there for our meeting. With all of these issues at hand and rather than have people driving to a location farther away in the cold, the Board has decided to move our meeting out another week to 1/16/2018. We will follow up with the church on Wednesday of next week and validate the meeting room there is repair and available for us. Our second choice will be Forest Edge Elementary School for the meeting, but we are hopeful the church will be fully repaired by that time. The Board will keep everyone informed as we move into next week of the exact meeting location.
UPDATE FOR FOREST EDGE CLUSTER RESIDENTS
Starting this month we have a new service provider for both landscaping and snow removal — Professional Grounds Inc. We are excited about working with the new provider, which came with strong references from other clusters and a competitive price.
SNOW REMOVAL: As we approach the winter months, we would like to remind everyone that residents are responsible for shoveling the sidewalk in front of their home as soon as possible after the snowfall. In order to keep our snow removal costs reasonable, it is appreciated if residents can also partake in shoveling common property areas, such as creating pathways from the street to fire hydrants, and for assisting any homeowners who are not able to do their own shoveling (this no change from previous years/providers). If you anticipate any problems with snow removal, please notify a board member to help with finding a neighbor to assist.
Plowing and de-icing will occur when there is 2 or more inches of snow or ice. (Except for Christmas and New Years, unless it is specifically requested/required)
TRASH REMOVAL: The board has also renewed the Trash removal contract with our current provider Republic Services, at a lower price per household compared to the prior year.
Trash, recycling, and yard waste pick-up days will not change. Guidelines are on the FECA website.
TREE REMOVAL AND PRUNING: As a final heads-up, the board will be working on tree maintenance recommendations from the arborist, which will include pruning and removal of selected trees during the winter season. This will take advantage of anticipated reduced costs for tree work during the off-season. Once approvals and bids are finalized, the board will make another announcement when actual work will be performed.
LEAF REMOVAL: Final leaf pick-up for this season is scheduled for December 21 (Thursday).
At the May Board Meeting, the board voted on Guidelines for Property Maintenance. These guidelines also incorporate Fairfax County and RA guidelines and several newly adopted guidelines for Forest Edge Cluster Association.
GUIDELINES FOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND USE
Do you have an extra set of hands to help a neighbor with a project? Do you have an area of expertise that will be welcomed by a neighbor? If you do, then please consider volunteering in our neighborhood outreach volunteer program. Assisting neighbors who can benefit from your time and experience is a win/win for everyone!
There are numerous tasks that can be done in our community to help our neighbors who aren’t physically able to do things themselves.
The rewards of volunteering are plentiful. You will not only be beautifying our cluster but you will get to know some of your neighbors while feeling good about helping. Many hands make a light work load.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
If you would like to volunteer or if you need assistance with a project, please contact Kathy Oris .
If you are a middle school or high school student, or if you know one who needs community service hours, this volunteer work will count towards community service hours!
In an effort to keep our directory up to date we are requesting that residents remember to please contact the board if you would like to have any updates regarding your personal information in the
FECA directory. Some examples would be:
Click here to sign up to receive email communication from the board. Your information will be kept private and will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at any time.
In addition to getting timely notices for cluster activities via email, you may also want to consider signing up for NextDoor.com. It is a private social network for neighborhoods.Forest Edge has a NextDoor network. Check it out! You may sign up at www.nextdoor.com